Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Kansas Jayhawks season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Kansas Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 3-9 overall, 1-8 in Big 12
Head Coach: Les Miles, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE KANSAS OFFENSE
– How is the offense going to change under the new coaching staff? It’s going to try to control games with balance, midrange passes, and … it’s going to try to keep up. But what’s the identity going to be? That’s a work in progress considering how many jobs won’t be decided until all the pieces are in place in fall camp.
Les Miles obviously doesn’t have LSU talent to work with – especially on the offensive front – but no matter how it all comes together, the O has to average more than 351 yards and 24 points per game to keep up in the explosive Big 12.
– Offensive coordinator Les Koenning is on his 11th coaching gig in 20 years, but he knows how to coach up quarterbacks. Three quarterbacks saw meaningful action throughout last season, but even though Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender are experienced, JUCO transfer Thomas MacVittie is almost certainly the one Miles will build around for the next two years. The former Pitt Panther can move a little bit, but he’s a passer. The 6-5 bomber fits what the staff wants.
– Leading receiver Steven Sims and three of the top four pass catchers are gone – this might take a little bit. Daylon Charlot started out his career at Alabama, came to Kansas, and caught 12 passes last season.
He can move, JUCO transfer and former NIU Huskie Andrew Parchment has good size and can get down the field, and former JUCO transfer Stephon Robinson returns as the leading target coming off a 28-catch, 330-yard year. Junior Jack Luavasa has been a blocker, but the tight ends will get more involved.
– No the line wasn’t anything amazing, but it wasn’t a total disaster. There’s some shuffling to do, but the left size should be about as set as possible with the return of senior Hakeem Adeniji and OG Malik Clark. Now they need someone to block for.
– 1,125-yard all-star Pooka Williams was suspended after his highly-publicized arrest in a domestic abuse case. The legal proceedings are done, and now he’s back on the team and in the mix, but suspended for the opener against Indiana State. Senior Khalil Herbert and junior Dom Williams will also handle the work in a rotation after combining for well over 700 yards. The 5-10, 170-pound Pooka Williams, though, is the difference maker.